2019-08-01 - The perfect you

randy freepIt is ALWAYS a mistake to compare our running with anyone else's. Our genetics, our individual health background, past injuries, family and business situations and so much more goes into who we are and what we are capable of. For some, completing a 5K, might be a far greater accomplishment than another runner finishing a marathon. Only we know what we have overcome or how difficult it was for us to get to that starting line, we have no idea what others have done to get to their starting line. So, the next time we read a social media post about someone doing a 30 mile training run to prepare for their next 100 mile race, or someone who just ran 4 miles without stopping, let's respond with the thumbs up that they both deserve!
 
May today's run get you closer to the perfect you,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, proud of every runner I see out there doing the work.

PS: TWO WEEKS until we run between the vines! Join us for a beautiful run from Sandhill Crane Vineyards at Running Between the Vines 5K, 5M, & 13.1M on August 17th! Running, cheese, chocolate... and wine!
PS: Last chance for the early bird price! Join us at the Run Scream Run 5K, 10K and Cider Mill Mile on October 12, 2019 for a fall day in the orchards in Ypsilanti, MI. Costumes, cider, donuts... SIGN ME UP

2019-07-18 - Run smart or don't run

randy freepHeat is the most dangerous condition to run in, It is imperative to respect these conditions and run as smart as possible, it can truly be a life or death situation. That said, I love extremes! On record hot day, a simple short run becomes my Mount Everest where the risk and rewards are high. My plans will include running short, shady loops from a lakeshore where I can plunge myself in at any sign of heat injury. I will start hydrated and will continue to hydrate with water and electrolyte replacement fluids. My run will be short but filled with adventure not available to me on a so called, "nice day!"
 
Run smart or don't run,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner with a plan.

PS: ONE MONTH until we run between the vines! Join us for a beautiful run from Sandhill Crane Vineyards at Running Between the Vines 5K, 5M, & 13.1M on August 17th! Running, cheese, chocolate... and wine!

PS: Dreamin' of those cool fall temps right about now? Registration is NOW OPEN for Run Scream Run 5K, 10K and Cider Mill Mile! Join us October 12, 2019 for a fall day in the orchards in Ypsilanti, MI. Costumes, cider, donuts... SIGN ME UP! Early bird pricing ends August 1st... sign up now and save.

2019-07-10 - Peace, love, music & running

randy freepNot exactly the normal motivational get your butt out the door midweek but putting a long trail run on your fall calendar may just get you into the woods NOW! Run Woodstock is an event we all need, a weekend escape from normality. As Run Woodstock continues to rise above the astral plane, space becomes limited. Don't miss your chance to camp out on the land and set your soul free, less than 100 walk in campsites left. Enter an event and grab up a site today, your body and mind will thank you, dig?

Yes, Run Woodstock is trail running, walking, camping and yoga nirvana but it's also a weekend of great live music! We have a couple exciting new bands in the lineup this year, The Honkey Tonk Club of Detroit, fronted by the soulful pipes of Liz from the Brunswick Brawlers, also, Mile High, a fresh new group ready to hit it big. Lemon James will be back like the ghost of Hendrix, along with the boys from across the pond, The UK Mods. Taste will be back to rock the last loud set on Saturday and the night will finish around the main campfire with an acoustic throwback by Double Take.

Come run and lose the fog,

peace out,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who has drank the Cool-Aid and want you to join me, dig?

2019-06-26 - Run Healthy

randy freepAs runners, we drink a lot more fluid and consume more calories than those who are sedentary. That said, our risk of health problems due to taking in chemicals, pharmaceuticals and whatever other impurities there are in our food and water may also be greater. In addition, we suck in a lot more air that is filtered by our lungs than the average couch potato. I believe we need to keep this in mind, and look to run in spaces away from busy roadways and dirty air, and look for sources of healthy food and pure water. We need to be aware.

Run smart, starting today,

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who just hates the idea that all this running does not make us bulletproof, but we can drink and eat our way into a kind of Kevlar vest!

P.S.: Trail running is tough... but rewarding! Earn bragging rights and bluff top views (including 'the most dramatic aid station location in the world' at DANCES WITH DIRT DEVIL'S LAKE. Choose 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, 50K, or 50 Miles to take in the incredible Ice Age Trail sights, sounds and fresh air! July 13 in Baraboo, WI. Register for your next adventure (or sign up to volunteer!) HERE.

2019-06-12 - Race or Race Again

randy oberunYou will always remember your first long race or triathlon, but if it was awhile ago, just how much? Yes, it may have been life-changing and left you with skills you use daily, like long-term goal planning, an understanding of delayed gratification, excellent time management and perhaps healthy changes in your diet. Crossing the finish line might still be a vivid memory, but how about the feeling you got when you signed up and committed? Or the way the upcoming event was constantly on your mind and, in many ways, defining who you were?
This is a reminder, a reality check, YOU CAN have that living-life-in-full-color feeling again! You can blow away the cobwebs from the often mind-numbing day to day lives we fall into. You can commit again and shake up your world! Perhaps an ultramarathon or trail marathon to light your fire?

Kaboom!

Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who gives you permission to dare to be great! If you have not raced long, I hope I have given you the ammo to get you to fire the starting gun! This is the time! Here are the races! http://rfevents.com/event-calendar

P.S.: OBERUN 5K IS OVER 90% FULL! Don't miss the hottest Summer Solstice party of 2019! We can't think of a better way to celebrate summer than a 5K dash to a beer garden serving up cold Bell's Oberon! Pair this summer favorite with a bottle opener finisher's medal, a finisher's pint glass, a sweet shirt, food trucks, board games and live music! Join us in Ypsilanti, MI on June 21, 2019 in Ypsilanti, MI.

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